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Hitchcock kicks off Friends Campaign matching challenge



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Susan Staples-Holt and her husband, Cliff Holt, are preparing for a Hitchcock Fix-it Day. Friends can help by volunteering, and the official date and time of the event will be announced soon. (click for larger version)
May 01, 2011
BRIMFIELD — Hitchcock Free Academy kicked off its Friends Campaign matching challenge by announcing that Carter Cooley, the owner of Southbridge's Industrial Transfer and Storage, Inc., has pledged a $500 matching grant challenge to Hitchcock for spring donations made by the end of May.

Cooley promised to match every dollar up to $500 donated by Tuesday, May 31, and all of the funds raised in this campaign will be used to pay for maintenance projects to keep Hitchcock's 156-year-old building in top shape. Nearly a month ago, Hitchcock staff members announced plans to install an elevator in the building, and Executive Director Sue Gregory says there are many maintenance projects that will take place this spring and summer.

"We are hoping to use the funds gained by the Friends Campaign matching challenge to fix the porch, add better railings, and put a new rug in the front foyer," Gregory said. "There is always something to fix up with a building as old as this one."

Gregory encourages members of the community to come out and participate in various efforts to maintain the building this spring. Hitchcock trustee Susan Staples-Holt and her husband, Clifford Holt, are planning a Fix-It day during which residents can volunteer to take part in different projects, including organizing the shed, hanging curtains, and planting window boxes. The date and time of the Fix-It day will be announced soon, as Gregory and Holt have spent the last few weeks preparing a list of tasks they would like to accomplish.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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